School Governing Body

The governors at OPJS have an important role in setting the strategic direction of the school. They are not involved in the day to day management of the school but agree the objectives and aims of the school. This includes formulating development and financial plans, agreeing the budget, updating policies, setting targets, keeping on top of health and safety and reviewing progress against targets.

Who are the school governors?

The governing body is made up of staff, parents, members of the local community and representatives appointed by the Palladian Academy Trust (PAT).

Name of Governor

Type and Position

Responsibilities

Appointed

End of Term of Office

Katie Payne

Chair

CoG, Safeguarding, Computing, Maths and MFL

Sept 2015

Sept 2023

Emily Cooper

Vice - Chair

Co-Opted

Music and Performing Arts and Art

Jan 2020

Jan 2024

Mark Gunning

Co-opted

Geography and History

May 2013

May 2022

Clare Hudson

Co-opted

English and RE

Sept 2013

Sept 2022

Tom Boden

Co-opted

Climate Emergency, Finance, Science and Health and Safety

Feb 2019

Feb 2023

Paul Davis

Parent

PE, DT and Pupil Premium

July 2014

July 2022

Rachael Van Roy

Staff

N/A

Jan 2020

Jan 2024

David Goucher

Headteacher

All

Jan 2020

Jan 2024

Jo Williams

Parent

Mental Health and Wellbeing, PSHE and Values, SEN and Inclusion

Jan 2020

Jan 2024

Lia Billimore

Clerk

N/A

N/A

N/A

Any governor can be contacted via the School Office.

What do they do?

The full governing body meets every term (six times a year). They work together to decide the aims of the school, and set priorities for how the school should develop.
In addition to these roles, each governor is linked to a member of the staff with responsibility for a particular area of the curriculum, to provide support.

Becoming a school governor

Vacancies for governors are advertised in newsletters and bulletins in school, and on this site.

As a governor you are expected to attend the six meetings of the full governing body, be a subject link with a member of the teaching staff and attend training and events. Time is also required to read relevant documents prior to meetings and follow up on actions agreed.

Training for governors is provided by the Palladian Academy Trust and the National Governance Association for induction and to help with the development of particular roles.

Although being a governor is a considerable commitment, it is rewarding and supports the school and community. More information is available on the Directgov website: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/parents/schoolslearninganddevelopment/schoollife/dg_1003836

Register of Business Interests

Find below the Register of Business Interests for our School Governing Body for the past two years.

Business-Interests-Register-Oldfield-Park-Junior-School-2019-2020.pdfBusiness-Interests-Register-Oldfield-Park-Junior-School-2020-2021.pdf

Palladian Academy Trust and Governance

As noted in previous sections, please follow the link http://www.palladianacademytrust.com/ to find out more about the Governance/Trustee structure of the PAT.

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